The first version of the Magic Herb Garden emerged in 2000. The concept and idea were developed by Gaby Van Nieuwenhuyse, a resident of Beselare who is training to become a herbalist. With the support of Zonnebeke, the first garden is realised.
The renewed herb garden opens in 2023. Gaby’s idea further serves as inspiration for the concept. The herbs are no longer in the bare earth, but in an attractive herb box. This facilitates maintenance. The plants are grouped according to their specific effects, linked to the directions of the wind.
In the north, the magical herbs flourish. In the east, the sacred plants and protectors grow. They have positive effects on the body and are often used in teas, syrups and ointments. The south houses the harmful or poisonous herbs, also known as devil or witch herbs. No worries, heavily poisonous herbs cannot be found here. There is, however, a row of Three Red Flowers that together form a magical line of protection. The west symbolises water.